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After a much-needed holiday break, we kicked off the new year by checking another task off the project list: lighting installation. The can lighting was installed, pendant lights were placed over the island, and the chandelier, which previously hung in our formal dining room, was rehung. I also worked with the electrician to place the two sconces flanking the hood, and those two fixtures will be installed after the final coat of paint is completed. It’s true what they say — that lighting functions as the “jewelry” of a space, and makes a significant impact both aesthetically and functionally. I sourced the pendant lights from Devol Kitchens, a furniture and cabinet maker based in the U.K., and am absolutely smitten with how they infuse the space with a touch of Old World charm. My hope for this project was to create a space that seamlessly paired modern amenities (i.e., ample storage space, a microwave drawer, custom cabinetry, etc.) with finishes and fixtures that complemented the character of our 80-year-old home. And these pendants, together with the unlacquered brass hardware that adorns the cabinets, do just that. Phew!

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We’ll have a quiet construction site for the next week or so, and next week brings countertops installation, which, as previously mentioned, involves the dreamiest honed marble sourced from a quarry in Vermont. The final pieces of the “puzzle” are finally coming together, and we see the light at the end of the tunnel.